Pegs used in Avant-garde art and Contemporary Art
It was Antonio Bueno (Berlin 1918 - Florence 1984), a member of “Gruppo ‘70”, a group of Florence artists known for having created a form of ‘technological’ art which made use of materials of commercial, advertising, or journalistic origin, who first used the Quercetti pegs, between 1965-1966, to fulfil his works. It consisted of female faces made up of pegs of different diameters. His work named ‘Figura n° 37’, of 1966, was created this way and can be seen today at the Gam, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Torino (Modern Art Gallery of Turin). Also the work called ‘Volto’, 1965, made with a mixed technique and the use of pegs to outline a female face, can be seen at the Fondazione Culturale Bruno Caruso (Bruno Caruso Cultural Foundation) at the Giardini Naxos (Naxos Gardens) in Messina. In more recent times, the variety of contemporary art was enriched by the new arrival of personal portraits by the artist from Lombardy, Antonio Marciano, who used the modular tablets and the smallest Quercetti pegs for works that take on an appearance which can be defined as ‘pixeled’, where the image is subdivided into dots, as if they were in fact pixels.